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Guarantee entry to one of Edinburgh’s top and most popular attractions by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance. On the day, beat queues at the ticket office and maximize your time exploring all that Edinburgh Castle and its grounds have to offer at your own pace, including the National War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Scottish Crown Jewels exhibit, and more.
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    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Head straight inside Edinburgh Castle to discover the delights of the city’s magnificent fortress, believed to date back as far as the Iron Age. Dominating Castle Rock, the castle’s prominent position meant that it quickly became an important stronghold, and countless bloody battles and sieges were fought over it. As you walk around independently, read up on some of the more notable battles that Edinburgh Castle witnessed, such as the War of Independence between the Scots and the English in the 14th century. The castle was recaptured from the English in a daring raid under the cover of darkness by the nephew of the great Scot, Robert the Bruce. Where you go inside the castle is up to you, but be sure to visit the beautifully decorated Royal Palace to see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. The Scottish Crown Jewels are also found in this part of the castle, along with the intriguing Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. Take a walk through Crown Square to see the Great Hall of James IV, explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the War of Independence, and pass through St Margaret’s Chapel. Use your ticket to enter the on-site National War Museum, where you can browse a staggering collection of artifacts that document some 400 years of Scottish military history. Highlights include a display of Highland swords and the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb. You can spend as long as you want inside the castle, however many visitors find 2–3 hours to be ample. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. Both are located on the castle grounds. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
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Highlights
  • Save time on the day by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance
  • Wander around at your own pace instead of following strict tour schedules
  • Marvel over the Scottish Crown Jewels and see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth
  • Visit St. Margaret’s Chapel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings
Important Information
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio guide
  • Guidebook
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Last entry is 1 hour before closing
  • Please go straight to the gates to have your ticket scanned for entry. Please note: any customers who booked prior to 6th September need to go to the Group & Pre-paid ickets kiosk to exchange their voucher for a ticket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lynn E wrote a review Today
12 contributions1 helpful vote
nice and clean . went on a lovely and sunny day . got some really nice pictures . plenty to see and read in the castle .
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Date of experience: March 2019
Andy S wrote a review Yesterday
14 contributions3 helpful votes
Fascinating place, with as you would expect, history in every nook and cranny. Went without the kids this time and was able to read and review whatever artefact caught my eye without being dragged on by the five second attention span of my internet loving progeny.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Natasha O Neill wrote a review Yesterday
6 contributions
Beautiful castle over looking edinburgh city. Spectacular views and a beautiful historic castle. Well worth a visit you won't be disappointed.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Josh wrote a review 14 Feb
2 contributions
Very beautiful visit. It's a bit on the pricey side at 20£ (32$ canadian for any travelers) Maybe better viewed from the outside.
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Date of experience: February 2020
S Woodward wrote a review 12 Feb
16 contributions1 helpful vote
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Love Edinburgh we go back every year for our anniversary the castle is a fantastic experience the 1 o’clock gun salute is a must so much history can recommend enough 😊
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Lynn E
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
121
Lovely Castle
nice and clean . went on a lovely and sunny day . got some really nice pictures . plenty to see and read in the
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JLotsos
Perth, Australia
20775
Great Historic Place
We spent a few hours here and it was a beautiful, historic place to visit. You learn a lot about the history of
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Andy S
Bristol, United Kingdom
123
Much better without the bairns
Fascinating place, with as you would expect, history in every nook and cranny. Went without the kids this time and
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Natasha O Neill
40
Edinburgh castle
Beautiful castle over looking edinburgh city. Spectacular views and a beautiful historic castle. Well worth a
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Miles G
204
Amazing history
This place was amazing, the history and information was excellent. Highly recommend this place to visit.
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amy
Crewe, United Kingdom
2210
Such a lovely place.
Visited at the beginning of Feb with my other half. We enjoyed walking round the castle a lot. So much to see and
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Pilar M
Madrid, Spain
100
School trip
A must-do visit when travelling to Edinburgh. When the day is windy it keeps closed for security reasons. Need
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John W
20
Awe inspiring.
A must see. Shame the wind caused the castle to close today for a few hours, but you can't blame them. Loads of
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Regine N
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
4727
Amazing history just in time for the movie Mary Queen of Scots
There was a Lord and Lady demonstration in the hall that was sooo fun. The character actress asked if women in
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Josh
20
Beautiful, but pricey
Very beautiful visit. It's a bit on the pricey side at 20£ (32$ canadian for any travelers) Maybe better viewed
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